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Breaking down Rasmus Dahlin’s elite stick-handling skill

Even if you haven’t seen Rasmus Dahlin play a full game, you’ve probably seen some highlight video of the projected first-overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The number of times he’s deked through entire teams, even at the professional level, is simply ridiculous. And while talent is the most important factor here, there…

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2018 World Junior Hockey Championship: Scout’s Notebook

The 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship saw two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jonah Gadjovich for Team Canada and Elias Pettersson for Team Sweden – squaring off in the gold-medal game. Fellow Canucks prospect William Lockwood won bronze with Team USA, and Olli Juolevi had some promising showings with Team Finland, despite being eliminated in the…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: USA 9 – 3 Czech Republic

The Czech Republic was the biggest surprise of the tournament, making it to the semifinals with help from 2017 12th-overall pick Martin Necas and 2018 draft hopeful Filip Zadina. After losing to Team Canada, however, the disappointment seemed too big. The Czechs tried little against a dominant Team USA in the “battle” for bronze. If…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Sweden 3 – 2 Slovakia

A ridiculously skilled D-group, a stacked top line, strong depth throughout the forward lines, and a goaltender who made his pro debut in 2015-16 – what else do you need to be the world’s best junior team? The answer is ‘nothing.’ Yet, Team Sweden didn’t dominate Slovakia as much as one might expect. Slovakia had…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Canada 8 – Switzerland 2

Team Canada arguably got the easiest possible quarterfinal draw in Switzerland, but their dominant win proved they took their opponents seriously and put in 100 percent of effort. The victory was never in doubt. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brett Howden gave Canada an early lead with a great finish, but Maxime Comtois (Anaheim Ducks) and…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Sweden 7 – 2 Switzerland

With a stacked roster around Vancouver Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson and big names like Lias Andersson, Erik Brannstrom, and Rasmus Dahlin, Team Sweden is widely viewed as the favourites to win the 2018 World Junior Championship. Against Switzerland, however, Sweden had some struggles early in the game. At first, everything went according to plan, as…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Belarus 2 – 5 Russia

Team Russia went into the tournament with a disappointing 5-4 loss before beating Switzerland 5-2 in their second game. Against Belarus, the victory was never in doubt, although the end result was closer than it had to be. Undrafted Alexei Polodyan gave Russia an early 1-0 lead before Philadelphia Flyers prospect German Rubtsov made it 2-0…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Sweden 3 – 1 Czech Republic

The Czech Republic entered the game with some tailwind from upsetting Russia in their first game of the tournament. Against Sweden, however, their start wasn’t great, and the Swedes around Vancouver Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson went into the game with a 2-0 lead. It was also Pettersson who scored a game-winning, bar-down goal on the…

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On bias-confirming video and the definition of objective analysis

Every video analysis article ever has received the same comment: “I could collect clips of ten bad plays [insert team’s best player] made and argue he’s the worst player on the team.” I’m sure you could – but that’s not how analysis works. It is almost impossible for humans to turn off their biases and…

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Erik Gudbranson: Using the “eye test” to settle the debate once and for all

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson has always been a polarising figure between traditional hockey fans and the so-called stats community. The reason is that Gudbranson is said to combine everything stats can’t quantify – like grit, intimidation, and leadership –, making him a valuable piece of the Canucks’ roster. On the stat sheet, however, he…

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Brock Boeser is an elite goal scorer – here’s how he does it

Brock Boeser burst onto the NHL scene with four goals and five points late in the 2016-17 season. And while the summer brought plenty of discussion about whether or not he should start his first full professional season in Vancouver, the right winger made sure to prove he belongs. First, Boeser dominated in the preseason,…

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Everything wrong with the Canucks’ power play, and how to fix it

Seven games into the 2017-18 season, the Vancouver Canucks are third in the Pacific Division. They are right where we expected them to be: somewhere near/in a playoff spot, but probably not good enough to stay there in the end, as predicted by Sportsbooks like Heritage Sports. One thing we might not have seen coming,…